Bernese Oberland regional pass

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vikicork
vikicork
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Mar 13, 2014 - 10:06 PM

Whats the best place to buy the pass from?

do i have to wait to get to Switzerland to buy pass

Also what does the pass cover in Lucerne ?boat/ cable

thanks

Annika
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Mar 14, 2014 - 7:30 AM

Hello vikicork,

The pass will soon be available online as well, probably within a week or two. Just keep an eye on this price page, as we will add that option as soon as it is available.

Lucerne is not in the Bernese Oberland, so coverage is limited. Only the two rail lines from Bern and Interlaken to Lucerne are covered. You can find a map of what's covered here. There is a regional pass for Lucerne as well, but if you want to travel in multiple regions, a nation wide pass of the Swiss Travel System is usually the best choice. See here for how to make that decision.

vikicork
vikicork
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Mar 14, 2014 - 11:42 PM in reply to Annika

Thanks a lot ,this forum is the best for info .

Can you tell me if the Bernese Oberland 4 day regional pass or Swiss half fare card would be the best for me

I will be on a tour with excursions to Gornegat and Pilatus though im not sure if they will let me use a card for discounts on their excursions .

I then travel from Lucerne after tour to Lauterbrunnen for 2 nights

.I was planning to take train from Lucerne to Brienze and then boat to Interlaken on-route to Lauterbrunnen

Mountain cable car to Murren

Trip to Jungfrauch and on way down walk from Kleine Scheidegg to Mannlichen and then cable to Wengen

Then travel back to Zurich airport via Lucerne and stay one night

and in Zurich take one round trip from airport hotel to city center

also My son will be turning 16 two months before our trip ,does family card cover him or will he have to travel as adult

Not sure if you can answer this but Thanks again for the info youve give me already

vikicork
vikicork
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Mar 15, 2014 - 12:10 AM in reply to vikicork

Just thought of one thing

I think the half price card might save me some money but I believe I have to purchase tickets everytime I use it ,whereas for the BO pass I can just go and sit straight in the train ,cable car,boat and show my pass when asked for it .Is that right ?

Arno
Arno
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Mar 15, 2014 - 8:50 AM

Hi vikicork,

I am glad to hear you find our website useful. I would say that the Regional-Pass Bernese Oberland fits your needs. Indeed you mostly do not have to buy tickets: only for some excursions such as the Jungfraujoch, whereas with the Swiss Half Fare Card you always need to get tickets before each trip. Also it covers most of what you have planned, and it allows free unplanned trips if you would feel like it once you're there.

Your son counts as an adult here, as he's 16 when you start traveling. Airport hotels are listed here.

Kind regards,

Arno

Last modified on Mar 15, 2014 - 8:51 AM by Arno
vikicork
vikicork
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Mar 15, 2014 - 1:22 PM

Do inernational non military travellers have to carry their passport with them at all times with the B.O. Pass or would say a drivers license suffice .I would be just leery of carrying my passport with me with the fear of losing it and prefer to leave in hotel room safe .

is the ballenberg open air museum included in the B.O . Pass .? Though i orobably wont be able to go there .

And this might be it for a while

thank you so much for all your help

Annika
Annika
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Mar 15, 2014 - 6:33 PM

Hi vikicork,

You need to carry your passport. I don't believe there's an alternative, but you could check at a local rail station to be sure.

You will get a 25% discount on Ballenberg Open Air Museum tickets with the Regional-Pass Bernese Oberland. With a Swiss Pass, the museum is free.

I'm glad we could help you. If you have time, a trip report would be most welcome!

Last modified on Dec 28, 2014 - 12:53 PM by Arno
vikicork
vikicork
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Mar 17, 2014 - 2:56 PM

So with the helpful tips i have recieved i have decided on this itenerary .

Your opinion would be valued on this .

Mid July after tour is over in Lucerne

day 1 -- reach Lauterbrunnen by 10 am ,will not travel on golden pass train as i would have already travelled on Glacier and Bernina express .take gondola to Grutschalp and hike to Murren .either come back via Gimmelwald and Stechelberg or return from Murren back the same way

day 2 -- Buy Jungfrauch excursion and via Wengen go to Mannlichen via cable ,hike to Kleine Scheidegg and up to Jungfrauch .return say way via Wengen though i would have liked to see Grindelwald .

day 3 -- perhaps a short hike in Lauterbrunnen and then travel to Zurich either straight via Berne or Brienz if i take a boat ride from Interlaken ,stay the night before flying back home .

I am primarily doing this after a long tour as my son wants to hike and i cant think of anywhere better to hike than the Swiss alps .i ill be staying 2 nights in Lauterbrunnen though. i looked at Wengen as well .I will take the half fare swiss card which i think i might be able to use on my tour as well in places like St Moritz,Zermatt ,Lucerne and Zurich .

if i had an extra night in Lauterbrunnen then i could have done Grindelwald/ First and perhaps Thun .and the B.O. Pass would have been better .

Thoughts ? ,Suggestions?where do i get Jungfrauch excursion ticket from ?the Lauterbrunnen railway station ?.i might have to travel there on first or third day if weather dosent permit on the second day .

Cant wait till July .Planning is almost as much fun as the trip .

Annika
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Mar 18, 2014 - 7:10 AM

Hi vikicork,

You should definitely include the Golden Pass route. It's the shortest and most scenic way from Lucerne to Interlaken. No seat reservations required. You can do it on the way back as well, starting in Brienz.

I would suggest to travel via Grindelwald on your way back from the Jungfraujoch. You will see more of the area that way. Just buy a ticket for the route you intend to do that day. You can buy your tickets at Lauterbrunnen rail station.

Have a wonderful time!

vikicork
vikicork
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Mar 18, 2014 - 11:59 AM in reply to Annika

Ok thanks

Sorry I meant the panoramic train on the Golden pass route ,i was planning to take a regular train on the same route over the Brunig pass.

vikicork
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Mar 18, 2014 - 12:03 PM in reply to vikicork

And i will definitely post an in depth trip report on my return

Arno
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Mar 18, 2014 - 12:43 PM

Many thanks in advance, enjoy the Swiss Alps!

Arno
Arno
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Apr 30, 2014 - 11:26 AM in reply to vikicork

Hello,

It took longer than expected, but the Regional-Pass Bernese Oberland is now available online through www.swissrailways.com/en/products/regionalberneseoberlandpass. This option has also been added to the price overview here.

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